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Batavia Downs is betting $27-million on its future.
The New York Lottery has given its OK to allow the project to begin immediately.
The work involves repairs to the roof, moving second floor slot machines to the first floor, and the replacement of the Downs iconic neon sign with one that is energy efficient.

It's official: daredevil Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk over Niagara Falls will take place in June.  Wallenda, a descendent of the famous wire-walking clan, will perform the stunt on June 15th.  
Wallenda will pick up New York State's costs for the wire-walk, including security.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appear to be closer on an agreement to raise the state minimum wage.  
Cuomo now says he "philosophically" supports a minimum wage increase, though he didn't say what that increase should be.  Silver supports raising the minimum wage from $7.25 
to $8.50 an hour.
 
As warmer weather begins to settle in, so do the construction projects. 
National Fuel Gas is reminding contractors, excavators and public getting ready to plant a tree of shrub to call before they dig. 
The effort is called "Dig Safely New York" and it cautions those about to dig, to find out if there is a natural gas line under ground.
In 2010 alone 380 natural gas or electrical system incidents were caused by uneducated digging. 
The number to call before you dig: 8-1-1. 

Governor Cuomo has addressed rumors he's thinking about running for the White House in 2016.  

He called the speculation of such a run on his part "flattering," but admitted that such rumors can become a distraction from governing.  The governor also said he's "seen this movie before," referring to his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo's flirtation with running for the Presidency while he was governor. 

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